Drones an ‘accident waiting to happen’
September 9, 2014
A YouTube video appears to show the operator using a quadcopter to shoot footage of a ram which becomes agitated after it flies too close.
Meanwhile, in the UK, an AP reader said he witnessed a drone crash into the crowd at a classic car event in Brighton, East Sussex during the summer.
Mike Ward-Sale said the drone operator had ignored polite requests to ‘move his toy further away’ and that the device was being flown around 50 feet above people’s heads.
‘Suddenly, the machine went out of control and fell into the crowd.’
The crash reportedly caused minor injuries to the operator’s own family, and the drone was ‘smashed to pieces’ in the process.
Mike, who fears a ‘free-for-all’ developing on camera-equipped drone use, added: ‘I’m not a killjoy, but having flown gliders and helicopters, I feel these things look like an accident waiting to happen.’
Last month, a tourist reportedly crashed a camera-equipped drone into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park in the United States, two months after The National Park Service banned them.
Last week, AP published an article about the rules on drone use for photographers.
In the UK, drone operators need permission from the Civil Aviation Authority if they plan to fly ‘over or within 150 metres of any congested area, over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons, or flight within 50 metres of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the pilot’.